A needed article on CBC. It’s not just bike shops either. Based on the experience of some female friends organizing female cycling events, I would wager that McFarlane is getting her fair share of trolls and man-babies offended that she’s a founder of the Bad Girls Bike Club.
“It’s such a traditionally male-dominated industry, and women are just slowly beginning to make their way into it,” she said, adding that she hears stories about women feeling disrespected or disregarded in bicycle shops “all the time.”
McFarlane now works at a bike shop, and has co-founded a cycling club called the Bad Girls Bike Club, which leads rides and runs workshops for female-identifying youth.
She said that even at her workplace, she still comes up against the same assumptions about female cyclists.
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- OH YEAH! Toronto’s Bad Girls Bike Club wants to help young women get over city cycling fears
- READ: Bike Safety is Still an Issue for Women in Toronto
- READ: The Female Advocate Dilemma
- D.C. Program to help female cyclists, others learn how to handle street harassment